Old Mill wins 23rd in row, 54-12

January 06, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

No. 2 Old Mill stretched its winning streak to 23 wrestlin matches last night, crushing visiting South River, 54-12, for its second county dual-meet victory of the season.

The Patriots, who went 15-0 last year and became the state's first four-time 4A-3A state champions, haven't lost since Broadneck ended their streak at 33 matches in 1991.

The Patriots beat Glen Burnie, 69-6, in their other win.

Old Mill (2-0) won last year's meeting, 46-16, but struggled in individual bouts against then-No. 10 South River, which lost its first match in seven outings.

Last night, however, the Patriots put the match mathematically out of reach, 38-0, with five bouts left.

The effort included pins by last year's junior varsity county champ,Shawn Radford (119), the Seavey twins, Kevin (135) and Ken (145), and Rick Oleszczuk (140), major decisions by former junior league state champ Phil Schleifer (103) and Dave Basta (130) and decisions by Jason Bryant (112) and Paul Hultgren (125).

Jamie Reid entered the bout at 7-1, but county runner-up Kevin Seavey built a 13-1 lead before finishing him at 3:42 of the second period -- a one-second difference from his brother's pin of Brian Gossett (3:41).

"We were both working for first-period pins, but I'm surprised they came so closely," said Ken Seavey.

"Our team was really separated in the early part of the season, with the first-match blues at the Annapolis tournament," he added. "But now Ithink we're more focused, and we're really coming together."

It was 54-0 before South River's (2-2-1) Jaron Hairston (189, 12-1) got its first victory on his ninth pin of the season with 33 seconds left.

The Seahawks' heavyweight Chris Love overcame a 5-0 deficit for his 53-second pin.

The Patriots, who wrestled all but Schleifer and Bryant one weight class higher, also got pins from Todd Hultgren (160), county, region and state champ Marc Procaccini (171) and a major decision from Mike Hines (152).

A year ago, South River's Travis Murdock (112) overcame a 2-0 deficit against Bryant for a 6-4 victory. This time, Bryant, a county and regional runner-up, built a 6-1 lead on Murdock in a 9-5 victory.

South River's previous loss was to No. 4 Northeast, which won't meet the Patriots until early February.

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